Grateful Dead Live at Alpine Valley Music Theatre on 1988-06-20
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Source: AUD(Senn 441's)>CM (Marantz PMD 430)>DAT>CDR>WAV>SHN.
Taper: Craig Camus. CDR source via Todd Norman. SHN encoding/FTP transmission via Chris Ladner/candyman FTP.
- 2004-07-02 14:01:08
- East Troy, WI
- Taped by
- Craig Camus
Subject: Other One
Icing on the cake was the mini Cryptical finish. Awesome adventures back in the day! Thanks to all
Subject: Youngest peYson there
Subject: Magical Days
The next year brought the mud bowl, but luckily I wasn't on the lawn.
Did you know that the summer of 1988 was one of the greatest natural disasters in US History. I looked it up. Thousands died, and I was dehydrated, trippin' balls and happy as hell. Thank you.
Alpine valley was the best venue. Don't understand all the complaints about the heat and mud and all the stuff you can't control. The middle " day off" was horrible in the heat. But we went to Lake Geneva and swam a lot. You got to make lemonade.
We thought the 4 nights were all really fun. We had seats in the pavilion and serious bruises on our legs from so much dancing! Loved all the new songs.
6 songs into drums, 2nd set Cumberland, Box not encoring, this was my favorite night!
But yah, we did a lot of rescuing of kids that hot dusty week. Iced towels, A/C in the car, huge amount of well iced water bottles, rides into town. All a part of the fab Alpine experience.
Just listening now to the recording, sound just fine. Want a sound board though.
Subject: Our Joy, Sunstroke and D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Subject: "." Nonintuitive
Subject: Dust Bowl Blues...
The problem was the new material. "Victim" was a dreadful experience before the midi years, and this one was no exception. Ear-bleeding feedback after a day of heat stroke was not the best Dead experience one could hope for...
This was one of those runs of shows that the campground scene before and after was more fun than the shows themselves.
Subject: 22 years later, it's still damn good
The second half of the second set is the best part of the show, in my opinion (which is interesting, because the second half of the second set at the next show was awful). Everything is inspired and played with gusto and high energy (although The Other One could've been longer). This night and the final show were the best of this Alpine run, although it wasn't quite up there with Hampton in the spring, for example. That's not a knock, though. A real good late 80's show, and a good audience recording (especially for Alpine). A good one to get even if you weren't there.
Subject: One of the best
Subject: ALPINE VALLEY!
keep a cool head, and warm heart.
live w/PRIDE that is perserverence, responsibilty,integrity,determination, and excitement. I LOVE JERRY bluegrass trashgrass. i miss you all.
Subject: check this out
Subject: New tunes in the dust bowl
The scene: dust bowl. The inside of the bus was getting filled with flies and dust and our collective funk wasn't making matters any better! :-) We were selling soda and juice and the heat was making for some brisk sales (what the f*ck, it's only a buck). For this night, I hung out on the Phil side over by the level area where there was plenty of space to get my freak dance on, which from this night on became my standard spot for Alpine shows ('88, '89, and '98 Other Ones). Two new songs on this night continued the new-tune-trend of the summer of 88. By the middle of the tour we'd heard more new tunes than the band had put out in about a decade. A few would evenutally fall away (Gentlemen, Start Your Engines and Believe it or Not, noteably), but others would become standards for years to come.
The music: Set I: "you keep us on the run" ... POW! A decent Jack Straw that sounds like it's going to bowl you over and then backs off just slightly. Box as second song? Strange and awesome - was that just him trying to preempt the inevitable "we want Phil" chants? Bobby puts some punch in a couple of lines in an otherwise unnoteworthy Memphis. Loser is strong. Others have noted that this is a strong Cassidy. It is, but the drooling comments here maybe gave me too high expectations. It's good, but not amazing.
Set II: Although this was technically the second Victim, for most people this was the first time they heard it (myself included). I wasn't an immediate fan. It wasn't until they started doing some creepy jams that I started to really warm to it. This version is basic considering where they took it later (best in my book was 12/31/89 into Dark Star). Cumberland has never been a fave of mine, but it definitely got the mood back on the positive side. Then ... wah? another new song?? Jeez, these guys are just bringing it! Brent's first Blow Away. As a big Brent fan, I was psyched to hear this, and compared with Victim, Brent brings this hard and heavy - great little vocal improv section ending with "if you ain't got love, you ain't got sh*t!!" The jam portion could have been better (and was, of course, in later versions) and Brent's vocals should have been a bit louder, but overall a great intro of this song. Bobby gets some sympathy applause for not remembering Truckin lyrics. Most expected drums after Truckin, but Jerry extends things with nice, but not particularly noteworthy, Terrapin. A sparse Other One creeps out of space and then turns itself into a rockin/freaky number. I find it hard to rate Other Ones, as (1) there are so many, and (2) they are often good in different ways. Having said that, I think this is a really great one for this late 80s era. Bobby does a nice old-school "get the girl next to you" rap in Good Lovin and ends the show with some high energy. US Blues keeps the energy going for the encore, which was nice.
Subject: TBC...it's less snobbish
2nd Set: Well, you finally make your first appearance. A direct encroachment of dread. this "Victim" guarantees throw every virgin in the 40,000 audience heads. "Cumberland" isn't amazing but good vibes as is evidenced by the audience applause after the final chorus and the imagined smiling. "Blow Away" is stymied by Brent's lack of a confident presentation though its debut could hardly be called a failure. "Ship" oy...but Jerry's true to each line. "Truckin" breathes a purposeful groove but lacks depth besides a few Jerry lines here and again. The band is in that zone where everything sounds smooth and easy..."Terrapin" "Drums" and "Space" proceed cleanly...my goodness I'm lacking the burst of energy myself. The second half of the set is like professional above-average 'Dead' clockwork where the nooks and crannies have zero fuel leakages. They're in 'stadium-satisfier' mode..."Wharf" is the weakest of the bunch with "Around" standing out for serious chuggish and Bobby rapping silliness all throughout "Good Lovin."
Subject: Alpine Qaudrilogy
Subject: Would Like a SB of this run
I rate this an A quality Audience but that only gets three stars if there is a SB to be had.
Listen to Bobby gggo on Cassidy...
Great shows and my first other than Dylan Dead in Mpls with Tom Petty which STANK due to poor sound.
Check out Blackbird final night of these shows...
I can't remember clearly but it seems like there was some sort of radio frequency breaking in during space first or second night... any one else out there confirm this ? Wet sheets all around - I remember looking up hill at the audience just after sunset and the heat rising off the crowd like heat above a grill - catching the Jamican colored lights from the stage and this huge guitar riff and wash of sound made the whole heat wave waver and shake... Music made visible...mmmmmm to go back...
Subject: New songs
Second Victim or the crime
Subject: What an awful show ... NOT
During the show itself, I just couldn't find my happy place. It seemed like work, or forced, or maybe just the heat. I remember storming out quickly after the nights work was done, thinking I never wanted to tape another show. Two nights later, of course, back doing more of same.
Listening to the tapes, they were wonderful. The Jack Straw opener was heartfelt from the first notes. This is a wonderful performance of it to get to know really well.
Phil plays that big, warm, wooden roof at Alpine so well, and the Box shows it off. Again, there is a feeling to this show ... far more intimate, say, than the "Downhill From Here" show a year later. (Which by the way, sucks ... NOT.)
Highlight ... Cassidy. This one is better than sex. Brent debuts Blow Away.
Another fine example of why the Summer 1988 tour was so highly regarded.
The roof at Alpine IS boomy ... and on these nights, the guitars sounded driven. And the Wisconsin crowd shows that they can whoop it up with the best of the East Coasters.
Burn the first set onto a CD now and play it over and over, you won't be disappointed.
Subject: Great show
Back in the day, though, I got a tape from a taper that was much better quality than this recording. I hope an even better version comes out soon.
Subject: Boom Boom
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